Fall California Festivals

People know how to party in San Francisco, LA and the rest of the Golden State and I didn’t need a song to tell me that.  It was obvious from looking at this list of fall festivals in California in 2016.  It’s a massive list of fall fun.  If you like to drink, eat, and celebrate, you don’t want to miss these parties.  Or the German festivals for Oktoberfest in California.

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2017 Festivals

Cinecon - Burbank, CA - Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2017
A classic film festival in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival - Millbrae, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Celebrate the last blast of summer with sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun in the Bay Area.

Sausalito Art Festival - Sausalito, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
Fine art, music, food, and wine over Labor Day weekend at one of the most prestigious art festivals in the country.

Tulelake Butte Valley Fair - Tulelake, CA - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017
A rural fair a few miles south of the California-Oregon border that attracts over 60,000 people.  The 5-day celebration is held annually Wednesday through Sunday following Labor Day.  It is single largest annual event held in the Klamath Basin.  It is an alcohol free fair with free admission and parking.

Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival - Morro Bay, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Sip premium margaritas and indulge on local, fresh-off-the-tree California avocados.

Capitola Art & Wine Festival - Capitola, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Lots of fine artists and Mountain wineries plus local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music.

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival - Mountain View, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
You will love the live music, kids park, salsa dance class, pigskin party lounge, drinks, and food.

Lodi Grape Festival - Lodi, CA - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017

Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Over 500 artists will be performing nonstop on 8 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of the world’s best jazz at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Beaumont Oktoberfest - Beaumont, CA - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
27th annual Oktoberfest with live entertainment, authentic food, contests, arts & crafts vendors, weiner dog races, horse show and kids zone.

California Lemon Festival - Goleta, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
A weekend of family fun, food, and entertainment.

Bark In The Park - San Jose, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
The largest dog festival in the United States with more than 15,000 dog lovers and 3,900 dogs.

Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival - Lafayette, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Held the 3rd weekend in September, it is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County. Typically attended by over 80,000. 2016 will be the 21st year.

California Brewers Festival - Sacramento, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
The longest running and longest pouring Sacramento beer festival. Unlimited, tokenless tasting.

Lake Arrowhead Oktoberfest - Lake Arrowhead, CA - Sep 16 to Oct 29, 2017
Celebrate Oktoberfest on weekends in their genuine Alpine village with authentic food and free entertainment. Games include stein holding, sausage toss, beer chug and more. Imported German and European beers on tap. German sausage, pretzels and more. Chicken dance too!

Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival - San Jose, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2017
The signature fundraising event of the Almaden Valley Women’s Club has been a tradition since 1976.

Reel Pride Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Fresno, CA - Sep 20 to Sep 24, 2017
This 27th annual event brings a variety of LGBTQ cinema and entertainment to Cental Valley.

Eat Real Festival - Oakland, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
This fundraising event of the Food Craft Institute that features sustainable local ingredients in artisan food craft, street food, craft beers, local wines and cocktails.

Oktoberfest by the Bay! - San Francisco, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Named one of the ten best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the USA in 2010 by AOL. This San Francisco Oktoberfest has live music headlined by the 21 piece Chico Bavarian Band. There are four sessions (one each Friday / Sunday and two on Saturday). Children are not allowed on Friday and Saturday nights but are encouraged on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $75 for VIP per session. VIP includes German buffet, commemorative mug, first beer, private bathrooms and guaranteed seating in private area. Children 12 and under are free and 13-18 are $5. Be sure to click on the special offers section of their website for potential discounts.

Julian Apple Days Festival - Julian, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017

Orange County Brew Ha Ha - Silverado, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
More than 90 craft breweries offer unlimited tastings of 200+ local and imported beers.

San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival - Oakland, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
Enjoy the 21st anniversary of the Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival.

Bay Area Blues - Martinez, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
A free event on Main Street in Historic Downtown Martinez, CA.  It is the merger of the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival and San Francisco’s Polk Street Blues Festival.

Folsom Street Fair - Folsom, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2017
The world’s largest leather event.

Tahoe City Oktoberfest - Tahoe City, CA - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017

Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
An outdoor, family friendly global music experience.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Santa Rosa, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
42nd year of showcasing the grand harvest which results in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth. Voted the Best Annual Festival of Sonoma County by The Press Democrat readers.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - La Jolla, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
A two day juried art show and fundraiser featuring the works of over 150 established artists.

Morro Bay Harvest Festival - Morro Bay, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Celebrate at Water’s Edge with one of the premier events on California’s spectacular Central Coast.

Hoes Down Harvest Festival - Guinda, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
All of the proceeds from the Hoes Down Harvest Festival go to non-profit organizations that support sustainable agriculture and rural living. Held at Full Belly Farm.

Newark OktoberFest - Newark, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Their 4th annual event aims to become one of the area’s favorite annual events. It will be held once again in the outdoor picnic grove at Swiss Park in Newark. Be “German for a Day!” Live music, dancing, fun and games, and only excellent “German” beers. Wine drinkers are not left out either! Enjoy authentic fare including bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, apple strudel, pretzels and more; plus, of course a selection of other foods, sweets and beverages. And here’s an additional attraction sure to put smiles on the faces of car enthusiasts – this year’s event includes a European make Car Show. So, put on those dirndls and lederhosen and get into the swing…and practice your chicken dance and polka before you come. Are you a yodeler? Perhaps you can be a star! Buy tickets online through Eventbrite, with a great early bird special.

Oktoberfest lakeport - Lakeport, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Annual German festival from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. Craft beer, German and American music, authentic German food and vendors. Dachshund derby, costume contests for adults, kids and dogs, beer pong and a beer stein contest. live music from two bands.

Dana Point Oktoberfest - Dana Point, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017

LA Korean Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 15, 2017
Experience the Korean culture with live performances, shopping and food.

Pine Cone Festival - Running Springs, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
A free family event with pine cone games / contests, live entertainment and kids’ activities.

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
Presented by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants. Free admission. Activities for all ages.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival - Half Moon Bay, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
The top 5 pumpkins from the giant pumpkin weigh-off are displayed at this epic festival in the “World Pumpkin Capital”.

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition - Riverbank, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
40th annual street festival with carnival, arts/crafts, kids rides/games and live music in addition to the wine and cheese.

Oktoberfest at Nature Friends - Sierra Madre, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2017
A German themed potluck (bring your favorite dish!), dance demonstrations and other fun. $5 suggested donation.

Big Sur Food & Wine Festival - Big Sur, CA - Nov 2 to Nov 4, 2017

San Diego Beer Week - San Diego, CA - Nov 3 to Nov 12, 2017

Mandarin Festival - Auburn, CA - Nov 17 to Nov 19, 2017
Event attracts over 25,000 visitors who enjoy the fruit from over a dozen growers.  Lots of food vendors, crafts, ice cream, specialty foods and deserts, and homemade gifts.  Held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

International Auto Show - San Francisco, CA - Nov 18 to Nov 26, 2017
View the latest in technology and the future of personal transportation at Moscone Convention Center.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

BMW Car Club of America Oktoberfest - Monterey, CA - Aug 23 to Aug 28, 2016
47th annual event to honor BMW’s 100th anniversary. High performance driving and social activities.

Carlsbad Music Festival - Carlsbad, CA - Aug 26 to Aug 28, 2016
Annual event with 3 days of “adventurous music by the beach”.  Over 60 free performances plus special tickets events also.

LA County Fair - Pomona, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 25, 2016
93rd anniversary. Carnival rides, horse racing, live music, traveling circus and more. Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace. Competitions including BBQ contest, photo contest, and landscaping competition.

Sacramento Gold Rush Days - Sacramento, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Join the beer crawl in Old Sacramento plus a fun train ride, river cruise, wagon and stagecoach rides, with lots of great food.

Paul Bunyan Days - Fort Bragg, CA - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Celebrate the bigger than life logger and his giant blue ox.  Enjoy the bird walk, craft show, classic cars, model trains, Labor Day Parade, Kiddie Parade, logging show, BBQ,  and lots more.

Long Beach Greek Festival - Long Beach, CA - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2016
67th annual event by the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is a $3 donation.

Redwood City Oktoberfest - Redwood City, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
If you have attended this event before, please tell us whether it should be considered an oktoberfest and listed here. Thanks!

Alpine Village Oktoberfest - Torrance, CA - Sep 9 to Oct 29, 2016
Southern California has been celebrating Oktoberfest at Alpine Village for nearly 50 years. USA Today named it one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. It is held on seven weekends in September and October in a 32,000 square foot tent. Located in Torrance, it is the most popular Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tables are on a first come first served basis – there are no reservations. It’s 21+ on Friday and Saturday but all ages are welcome on Sunday. Tickets are between $5 and $20 depending on day. Kids 12 and under as well as those dressed in dirndls or lederhosen get in free on Sundays.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival - San Francisco, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Sip and savor premium samples from local wineries and gourmet dessert vendors at the Ghirardelli Chocolate & Wine Pavilion, compete in the ice cream eating contest and learn from the Chocolate Professor.

Pittsburg Seafood Festival - Pittsburg, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
An outdoor event for the last 32 years.  Features great food including BBQ, fish, seafood, and plenty of music, arts and crafts, amusement rides, jet ski races, a beer pavilion, and lots more fun.

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival - , CA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Jack Rose Libations Oktoberfst - Los Gatos, CA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
The Jack Rose Libations House is having an Oktoberfest. German music, beer, wine, food and fun! There will be a massive beer garden, traditional German games, 2 live German bands.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear, CA - Sep 10 to Oct 29, 2016
Weekends from September 10th through October 29th, 2016. There will be three expanded bier gartens, live music, vendor booths and kids games. Other contests include the beer stein-carrying contest, stein holding, beer drinking contest and log sawing competition. Tickets are available on their website. Food and beer are purchased with Burgermeister Bucks. Complimentary Shuttle will give you a ride home anywhere in the Big Bear Valley.

Old World Village Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 11 to Oct 30, 2016
September 11 – October 30, 2016 (Wednesday – Sunday). Enjoy Oktoberfest at Old World Village in September and October. Old World is a European themed shopping center that goes all out during Oktoberfest. They have parades, beautiful girls, dachshund races, a Herbmeister, and Kidsfest. It is self described as the best Oktoberfest in Orange County. Kinderfest for kids every Sunday. There are dachshund races as well.

California Beer Festival - Ventura, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

American River Music Festival - Coloma, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Live stage music, lots of camping, even a riverboat ride and shuffle.

California Wool and Fiber Festival - Boonville, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

Schroeder’s Oktoberfest - San Francisco, CA, CA - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2016
Food and polka dancing at this San Francisco German restaurant. Bands include the Joe Smiell Jr. Band, the Blowmusk, and the Schwabenland German Band on select night at their Front Street Biergarten.

Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim, CA - Sep 16 to Oct 30, 2016
Friday-Sunday starting September 16. The Phoenix Club will host seven weekends of Oktoberfest fun starting Friday, September 16th and concluding Sunday, October 30th. Live music, imported German beer on tap, beer drinking and sausage eating contests, costume contest, polka lessons and kids activities including a bounce house. Admission for adults is $5. 18 and under are free.

Placerville Oktoberfest - Placerville, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
6th annual Oktoberfest features German music including polkas and the chicken dance.. Keg is tapped at 3 PM. Weiner dog races and other Oktoberfest contests. Food choices include sausages, sauerkraut, strudel, and of course lots of beer choices.

Wirsthaus - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Oktoberfest starts on Sept. 17 and continues on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hotel del Coronado - Coronado, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 25, 2016
September 17-21 & 24-25, 2016. This fabulous resort located on the beach in Southern California hosts their annual Oktoberfest up on the sun deck just steps from the ocean. The event features great foods, bratwurst, sauerkraut, Paulaner and Karl Strauss beers. Enjoy the sun or enter the huge beer tent. Come as you are for this fun beach party. A different twist on Oktoberfest.

Jeannette Edelweiss Oktoberfest - Newbury Park, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Starts September 17, 2016

Tyrolean Inn Oktoberfest - Ben Lomond, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
German food, beer and live music.

Durham Harvest Festival - Durham, CA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2016
Held at the community park it features a wonderful car show and plenty of arts and craft vendors.  Don’t miss the pancake breakfast, BBQ, live music, kids play area, and more family fun.

Wine Country Film Festival - Kenwood, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016

Oktoberfest at NUBO - Santa Cruz, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 22, 2016
New Bohemia Brewing Co in Santa Cruz, CA is holding an Oktoberfest on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 from 5-10pm. Wondering if you can list. Join them for the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at NUBO! They’ll be tapping our Festbier, serving up pours in special NUBO liter steins, chowing down on traditional German-style beer garden grub by Chef Rachel of Tanglewood and listening to live music! Prost!

San Diego Festival of Beer - San Diego, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2016
An indoor/outdoor event with live music and nearly 60 different breweries.

Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - Beverly Hills, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
A film, music, and art festival dedicated to celebrating women filmmakers, artists, and musicians and the men who collaborate with them. Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine’s Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

Aroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival - Arroyo Grande, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
79th annual event.

Mammoth Village Oktoberfest - Mammoth Village, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
An annual event with plenty of music, dancing, kids activities, beer tastings, and authentic German cuisine.

Adams Avenue Street Fair - San Diego, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016

Richmond Street Fair - El Segundo, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
An annual event with live music, vendors, rides, and five blocks of fun in the historic town.

18th Street Arts Center BAM Fest - Santa Monica, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A beer, art and music festival with samples of 100 brews from more than 40 local and national breweries.

Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival - Boulder Creek, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
A day of music, great food, amazing artists, & sustainable living demonstrations.

Vacaville Oktoberfest - Vacaville, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
10th annual Oktoberfest from 11 AM to 6 PM. German Food options include brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, potato salad and more. Live music most of the afternoon. Free admission.

Tioga Sequoia Oktoberfest - Fresno, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Tam Valley Oktoberfest - Mill Valley, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Oktoerfest at the Inn - Rancho Santa Fe, CA - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2016
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award-top rated resort offering world-class exclusive luxury, will host a Bavarian-style Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a family event. The event will feature a Biergarten, live music, German faire and a kids zone.

Cambria Scarecrow Festival - Cambria, CA - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016
A community wide event with over 400 scarecrows, bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing, and flying. Held on weekends in October.

Angel City Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 16, 2016
Consistently features the most innovative and new original national and international jazz musicians.  Lots of exciting venues throughout Los Angeles including at Zipper Hall, Blue Whale, Moss Theatre, LACMA, REDCAT, and more.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
A free concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco featuring over 100 musical artists on 7 stages.

La Mesa Oktoberfest - , CA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
It now attracts 200,000 to the 3 day festival. German food, beer, entertainment and children’s activities. Hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.

Oktoberfest in El Cajon - El Cajon, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 9, 2016
Sept 30 – October 2 & October 7-9, 2016. Hosted by The German American Societies of San Diego, the Oktoberfest usually runs the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. Authentic German food, beers, folk dancing, kids zone, craft booths and live music by the Guggenbach-Baum band from Germany.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Chico, CA - Sep 30 to Oct 8, 2016
Sept 30 – Oct 1 & Oct 7-8 only. 7th annual Oktoberfest with live music, cold beer and hot glass blowing demonstrations. Musical lineup of three bands. Oktoberfest feast for dinner included with ticket price. Don’t forget to practice up on your chicken dance before attending.

Epicure.sb - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2016
Santa Barbara serves up the best in local cuisine and four course meals.

Corcoran Annual Cotton Festival and Parade - Corcoran, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Features a parade down Whitley Avenue, beer garden, BBQ, carnival, live music, 5k run and lots of fun.

Corcoran Annual Cotton Festival and Parade - Corcoran, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Features a parade down Whitley Avenue, beer garden, BBQ, carnival, live music, 5k run and lots of fun.

Los Altos Fall Festival - Los Altos, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
25th annual event.

Port Fest - Redwood City, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Features live music, lots of great food, marching and jazz high school bands, and boat and harbor tours.  Don’t miss the annual charity run.  Plenty of arts and craft vendors.

Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival - Elk Grove, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Santa Anita Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest - Carlsbad, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Family event with German dinner, beer, dancing, live music, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest for kids. Dinner tickets are $10 (advance) or $12 (gate). Net proceeds are donated to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and the Carlsbad Police and Fire Explorer Post.

Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 11am-5pm. $5 Entrance fee. Live Music, Games, Beer, Food Vendors.

Oaktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Family friendly craft beer festival in Oakland.

Madona Inn Oktoberfest - San Luis Obispo, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Madonna Inn Expo Center hosts a German meal and Firestone Walker brews in two sessions of German fun. Get two 16 oz beers, meal plus dessert, commemorative stein and live entertainment by Trio Internationale and What Just Happened. General admission is $60 per person. VIP tables are available.

Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
30,000 are expected at the 37th annual Oktoberfest by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce. It is the largest outdoor event of the City of Glendale and the Foothills. Contests include stein holding, sausage eating, Master & Little Miss OKtoberfest, best dressed dog and a coloring contest. Games, rides and bingo as well. German bands and dancing, too.

Stallion Springs Oktoberfest - Tehachapi, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fun for the whole family with food, beer and kids activities from noon until 6 PM. Location: Stallion Springs Community Center, 27800 Stallion Springs Dr, Tehachapi.

Oktoberfest Educate! - San Diego, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
8th annual Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 PM to raise money for five U.C. public schools. Bratwurst, beer garden, live music from three bands, home brew contest and kids games.

Autumn Faire Oktoberfest - Upland, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Historic Downtown Upland is having their 2nd Annual Autumn Faire Oktoberfest Satirday October 1st from 10am-10pm. Free Admisssin – 7 Live bands on stage, craft beer, German food, vendors, contests, and fun!!! Also, The Claremont All Star Polka band will be there in the Gazebo from 1:30p-3:30p and on stage from 8p-10p Comic Cons’ beloved Flux Capacitor’s doing their tribute to the 80″s!

Pints in the Pines Oktoberfest - Twain Harte, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Beer, music concert, car show and vendors on Saturday. More beer, another concert and vendors on Sunday! Cost for beer garden is $20 for ages 21+ and includes mug for the noon to 3 PM tasting event. Bounce house for kids. Other than the beer garden, event is free and open to all.

Monterey Bay Oktoberfest - Carmel, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Noon – 6 PM. Tickets are $20 on Saturday or $15 on Sunday and $30 for the combined weekend ticket. Children under 12 are free. Day of admission tickets $5-10 more.

Clayton Oktoberfest - Clayton, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
12th annual Munich-style celebration set under Mt. Diablo in this picturesque town. Two days of fun with parade, keg tapping, live music, biergarten, German food, California wines, arts and crafts show and carnival / street performers. The band will be The Internationals. Opens at 11 AM and ends on Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 6 PM.

Camp Richardson Oktoberfest - Lake tahoe, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
Lake Tahoe Oktoberfest with German food, beer and wine garden, pumpkin patch, costume contest for people and dogs, music and family activities.

Sausage & Suds Music Festival - San Leandro, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
A free music event attracting more than 8,000 visitors annually to downtown Parrott St.  A beer and wine garden pairs nicely with the sausage.

Castro Street Fair - San Francisco, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Lots of activities with live music, entertainers, dance alley, and kink Karnival.

Encinitas Oktoberfest - Encinitas, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
21st annual German festival hosted by Encinitas Chamber of Commerce from 10 AM to 5 PM on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. Street craft fair with 200 vendors, German-American band The Bluebirds and Gemutlichkeit Apine Dancers. Ceremonial parade kicks it off at noon. Craft Corner is 21+ only and will highlight craft breweries. There will also be a family fun zone for kids. Free parking is available at Flora Vista Elementary School with free shuttle service.

Oakland Nature Friends Oktoberfest - Oakland, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016

Mill Valley Film Festival - San Rafael, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 16, 2016
An eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event welcoming more than 200 filmmakers from 50 countries.

Taste of Carmel - Carmel, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 6, 2016
Held annually at the Carmel Mission Basilical.

Oktoberfest Celebration - Berkeley, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 6, 2016
Dinner in the Dining Commons at the International House.

Murrieta Lobster Festival - Murrieta, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Fresh live Maine lobsters at Town Square Park.

California Avocado Festival - Carpinteria, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
One of the largest free festivals in Cali with a great lineup of music and fabulous food.

Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest - Sacramento, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Eat, drink and dance like a German. Outdoor biergarten. Kid friendly activities.

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest - San Diego, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
The 12th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest. This two-day eclectic, beachside festival will include a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. The event will kick off at 3:30 Friday afternoon with live music in the 21 and older beer garden. There will be a 2 for 1 happy hour Friday from 4:30 to 6:01. The Saturday morning festivities will kick off early with a Drill instructor workout on the beach, followed at 9 a.m. with the fifth annual OB Brat Trot, a fundraiser sponsored by the Ocean Beach Community Foundation with proceeds going towards local youth sports. All ages are invited to participate; registration is $25 per family (up to 6 participants) for the 2K Family Fun Run at 9 a.m. and $30 per person for the 5K Beach Run to follow at 10 a.m. Registration for the 5K Beach Run includes free entrance into the beer garden and two complimentary beers for runners 21 and older. New to the event this year, there will be a German microbrew tasting benefiting the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The special tastings dubbed “Poured with Courage” will be served by active and retired wounded service members on behalf of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which will share in the proceeds. Tasting tickets are $30 and will be sold online at www.OBOktoberfest.com prior to the event and at the gate as long as they last. Saturday will also include a free beachside all-ages stage with performances by an OB Oktoberfest band, along with a food and craft vendor area on the Veterans Plaza lawn. Beer garden entertainment will include live music; the annual Sausage Toss Competition for a $1,000 cash prize; and bratwurst-eating, stein-holding and other competitions.

Oktoberfest at Fairplex - Pomona, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 29, 2016
The home of the L.A. County Fair brings you their Los Angeles Oktoberfest starting October 7th with beer, German food, Bavarian music, Games and the chicken dance. Admission for adults is $5. It’s 21+ only on Friday-Saturday.

Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival - Pomona, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Celebrate California agriculture at this 24th annual event.

Oakhurst Chocolate and Wine Festival - Oakhurst, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Featuring chocolate wine, beer, arts & crafts, live entertainment, Cars in the Park, and more.

Oakhurst Fall Festival - Oakhurst, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Lots of wine and brewed beers, and chocolate samples.  Plenty of arts and craft vendors.  An annual event held at the Oakhurst Community Park.

Oakhurst Fall Festival - Oakhurst, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Lots of wine and brewed beers, and chocolate samples.  Plenty of arts and craft vendors.  An annual event held at the Oakhurst Community Park.

Davis Ranch Harvest Festival - Sloughhouse, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

BooZ and BrewZ - Fairfield, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Live music, Halloween themed with costumes encouraged and costume contest, Military and First Responder discount tickets available. 100% of proceeds benefits Special Olympics Northern California.

Cotati Oktoberfest - Cotati, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
10th annual event. Authentic German meal of bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut for $15 with Oktoberfest microbrews from Lagunitas Brewing Company available. Lots of contests including wiener dog races, tankard hold and beer stein race. Admission is free. Polka the night away on the dance floor.

Oktoberfest in Nevada City - Nevada City, CA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Edelweiss German American Club of Redding Oktoberfest - Redding, CA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016

San Pedro Square Market Oktoberfest - San Jose, CA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2016
Outdoor beer gardens with German beer and food, German Inspired Cocktails, San Jose’s largest chicken dance, Oktoberfest games, wiener dog races, and Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest contest. Kids are free!

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival - Catalina Island, CA - Oct 13 to Oct 16, 2016
Lots of jazz with big name entertainers.  Headliners include Keiko Matsui, Nick Colionne, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., and many others.

Harvest Wine Weekend - Paso Robles, CA - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension while you enjoy some of the more than 140 weekend activities.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

Santa Barbara Beer Festival - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Your ticket gets you a tasting glass and entry into beautiful Elings Park.  Enjoy your afternoon of beer samplings.

Springville Apple Festival - Springville, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
This annual event on the third weekend of October attracts more than 20,000.

Treasure Island Music Festival - San Francisco, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Live entertainers include Ice Cube, Zhu, Glass Animals, Sigur Ros, and lots more.

Placerville Art & Wine Festival - Placerville, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Over 30 foothill wineries offer samples on Historic Main Street.

Downtown Modesto Harvest Festival - Modesto, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Vegan Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
LA’s 3rd annual unique, most festive and authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Our beer hall at LA Center Studios is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It features traditional Bavarian food, live Oompah bands, beer maidens, and of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries. Come enjoy a taste of Germany while you make new friends and indulge to your heart’s desire. Since all the food and beer is vegan, you can experience a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a clear conscience. Win prizes chicken dancing, stein holding, and wearing costumes. Tickets sell out so get yours early. Prost! Location: 450 South Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens Oktoberfest - Dunsmuir, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Nipomo’s Best Oktoberfest - Nipomo, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
33rd annual Oktoberfest with Miss Nipomo Pageant, Battle of the Bands, live entertainment, bbq tasting and competition, beer and wine garden and kids activities. Event is outdoors and open to the general public. 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday hours with live music from Steppin Out, Mean Gene Band and The Spaces Between. 11 AM to 4 PM on Sunday with the second annual Battle of the Bands and a BBQ competition with tasting. Kids area on Saturday and Sunday has pony rides, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo and mechanical rides. There’s also arts and crafts booths and the Dave Dana Memorial car show.

Oktoberfest in Campbell - Campbell, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
German foods, a variety of beers and ales, over 100 artisans and live entertainment. Attendance is generally 30,000.

Fallbrook Harvest Faire - Fallbrook, CA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2016

Sherman Oaks Street Fair - Sherman Oaks, CA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2016
The largest event in the San Fernando Valley with more than 100,000 guests, 200 vendors and plenty more fall fun.

Japan America Kite Festival - Santa Monica, CA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2016

San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2016

San Francisco Dance Film Festival - San Francisco, CA - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2016

LA Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016
German food, beer and live music at this Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tickets are $35 for regular admission and $100 for VIP admission. They feature Bavarian Dancers, a Silent Auction, a Stein Holding Contest, and a Magician show. They have an extensive list of some 35 beers and lagers to choose from. Location: 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Bridge School Benefit - Mountain View, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016

Superhero Street Fair - San Francisco, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

Yucca Valley Oktoberfest - Yucca Valley, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
This annual event will have music by the Kalifornia Krauts, games and contests for all ages. Food and beer of course. Runs from 3:00 to 9:00 PM Presale tickets available online as the event approaches or contact Wanda at the chamber office (760)365-6323.

Aliso Viejo Oktoberfest - Corpus Christi, CA - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016

South Yuba River State Park Fall Festival - Penn Valley, CA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2016

Escape - San Bernadino, CA - Oct 28 to Oct 29, 2016
A Halloween type festival with lots of performers, costumes, interactive art and so much adult fun.

Los Osos Oktoberfest - Los Osos, CA - Oct 30 to Oct 30, 2016
38th annual Oktoberfest and 11th Annual Car Show by the Bay. Starts with a 4-Mile run and pancake breakfast. There’s a beer garden, arts & crafts, children’s activities, music and live entertainment. Music includes Natural Incense, Soul Sauce, Stereo Steve, and Tony Harmon. Admission is free to this event.

Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival - Mendocino County, CA - Nov 4 to Nov 13, 2016
Events take place throughout Mendocino County, which is home to more than 3,000 mushroom varieties.

San Francisco Green Festival - San Francisco, CA - Nov 11 to Nov 13, 2016

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival - San Diego, CA - Nov 13 to Nov 19, 2016

September 2015 Festivals:

Superhero Street Fair – San Francisco, CA – September 26, 2015

LA Fall Beer Fest – Santa Monica, CA – September 26, 2015

Hollywood Film Festival – Hollywood, CA – September 23-27, 2015

Piedmont Harvest Festival – Piedmont, CA – September 27, 2015
California Wool & Fiber Festival – Mendocino, CA – September 18-20, 2015

Hughson Harvest Festival – Hughson, CA – September 19-20, 2015
Davis Ranch Gourd Festival – Sloughhouse, CA – September 26-27, 2015
Beyond Wonderland Music Festival – Mountain View, CA – September 26-27, 2015

Wine Country Film Festival – Kenwood, CA – September 16-21, 2015
Lorimar Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival – Temecula, CA – September 26, 2015

Soul Food Festival – Sacramento, CA – September 19, 2015
A travelling music and food festival that attracts about 10,000 visitors per city. Internationally recognized artists. Ticket price depends on location. Options include early bird tickets, general admission, preferred viewing and VIP seating. Brought to you by the Kinfolks Foundation.

October 2015 Festivals:

Culture Collide – Los Angeles, CA – October 8-10, 2015

Salinas Valley Wine and Food Festival – Salinas, CA – August 13, 2016
Free admission for exhibits and entertainment.  Great food, wine, and beer sampling.  Lots of entertainment.  Oh bring the kids as there are plenty of kids activities and fun for the whole family.

Mountain Harvest Festival – Quincy, CA – October 17, 2015
Pismo Beach Clam Festival – Pismo Beach, CA – October 16, 2015

An annual non-profit charity event held at the Shorline Amphitheatre.
South Yuba River Park Fall Festival – Penn Valley, CA – October 25, 2015
CSD Giant Pumpkin Festival of Elk Grove – Elk Grove, CA – October 3-4, 2015
Noe Valley Harvest Festival – San Francisco, CA – No event in 2015!!

Del Mar Harvest Festival – Del Mar, CA – October 23-25, 2015
Tahoe City Harvest Festival – Tahoe City, CA
Cambria Scarecrow Festival – Cambria, California – October 2016
A community wide event with over 400 scarecrows, bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing, and flying.  Held on weekends in October.
Windsor Pumpkin Festival – Windsor, CA – October 26, 2014
Apple Harvest Festival – Fortuna, CA – October 2-4, 2015
Modesto Harvest Festival – Modesto, CA – October 16, 2016
Arts & Olive Festival – Redwood City, California – No Event in 2015

Auburn Wine and Food Festival – Auburn, CA – October 10, 2015

Seal Beach Kite Festival – Seal Beach, CA – October 11, 2015

November 2015:

Celebration of Craftswomen – November 27-29, 2015

San Francisco World Music Festival – SF, CA – Nov 21, 2014

Find other fun things to do in California in October:

Oktoberfest in California
California Corn Mazes
California Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in California
Pumpkin Patches in California

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